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Key insights/updates from Ohio COVID-19 press conferences

 


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June 2

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
33,892 confirmed cases
2,521 probable cases  
36,350 total cases
6,176 hospitalizations
2,041 confirmed deaths
217 probable deaths
2,258 total deaths
1,583 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced that he is intensifying efforts in Ohio to improve issues of health and economic disparities, racism, and inequity. The efforts will include new plans to improve law enforcement access to quality training, enhancing transparency between the police and the public, recruiting more minorities to serve as peace officers, and adding more oversight to Ohio's law enforcement agencies to ensure accountability.

Additionally, other continuing work will include addressing lead paint poisoning in children, reducing infant and maternal mortality in the African American community, increasing home visiting programs for at-risk, first-time moms, fighting the drug epidemic in Ohio, and prioritizing the availability of mental health services in Ohio's schools for children who need them.

Governor DeWine announced that, as of right now, Ohio intends to reopen schools in the fall, but individual starting dates will be up to each local school board. In the near future, broad reopening guidelines will be issued for schools in regard to protecting the health of students and staff when the school year resumes.

Governor DeWine announced today that health care providers, including dentists, may resume all surgeries and procedures that had previously been delayed if they meet certain safety criteria.   

Lt. Governor Husted announced the creation of three programs to help small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Programs include the Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant Program, Ohio Minority Micro-Enterprise Grant Program, and the Appalachian Region Loan Program. Ohio small businesses can learn more about these and other resources available through the Office of Small Business Relief and Development at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp. 

Ohio was approved for the federal P-EBT Program on May 12 in response to Ohio children who missed out on their free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school because of COVID-19. Now, children are starting to receive that benefit in the form of a credit to spend at local grocery stores and other retailers. Because Ohio schools physically closed for more than 50 days, the benefit amounts to approximately $300 per child. For most Ohio children who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the P-EBT benefit was loaded onto their card recently. For Ohio children who do not currently receive SNAP benefits, a P-EBT card will be sent in the mail. This benefit is automatic. Families are not required to sign up for this program. Families can call the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at 866.244.0071 with questions.

May 28

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
31,625 confirmed cases
2,290 probable cases  
33,915 total cases
5,811 hospitalizations
1,888 confirmed deaths
210 probable deaths
2,098 total deaths
1,516 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard


Governor DeWine announced today that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules that allow pharmacists to order and administer tests for COVID-19. To help Ohioans find testing locations, a map has been added to coronavirus.ohio.gov that lists COVID-19 testing centers in Ohio.

Ohio has utilized COVID-19 testing priorities to manage limited testing capacity. Under the guidance of clinical experts, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has modified these groups in light of changes in testing availability and evolving knowledge of COVID-19 and its impact on Ohioans. Testing must be first available to individuals described in Priority Groups 1, 2 and 3, but Ohio is expanding to allow partners and communities to test Ohioans in Priority Group 4 which includes testing “Individuals in the community to decrease community spread, including individuals with symptoms who do not meet any of the above categories.”

Governor DeWine announced a plan to lift restrictions on visitation at assisted living homes in Ohio. Beginning June 8, 2020, properly prepared assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities can begin to allow outdoor visitation. The lifted restriction do not yet apply to nursing homes.

Each facility can determine how to best implement outdoor visitations, however, at a minimum, all facilities must develop a policy that includes: screening for temperatures and symptom-reporting for visitors; scheduled hours and time limits for visits; proper social distancing measures; face coverings; Resident, family, and friend education about the risks of the spread of COVID-19.  Consideration for visitors during end-of-life situations will also be expanded.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers' premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties. This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor DeWine's Fair Advisory Group has released guidelines for how county fair boards and agricultural societies can work with county health departments to safely operate junior fairs for kids. The decisions about county and independent fairs need to be made locally. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is in the process of distributing all state funding available for Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs.

May 26

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
30,827 confirmed cases
2,179 probable cases  
33,006 total cases
5,579 hospitalizations
1,803 confirmed deaths
199 probable deaths
2,002 total deaths
1,450 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard
 
Governor DeWine announced the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio's nursing homes. Medically-trained members of the Ohio National Guard will begin testing residents and staff within nursing homes beginning this week. This testing will help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community. Additional information.

 

Testing will be conducted in facilities where residents or workers have confirmed or assumed positive cases. Testing will be conducted on all staff, and the testing of residents will be based on a clinically-driven strategy that targets those who have likely been exposed to COVID-19. 

 

In addition, the Congregate Care Unified Response Teams will begin the testing of all residents and staff members in the state’s eight developmental centers to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 in congregate care settings. 
 
  • COVID-19 signage and health screening questions for use with customers/clients as resources for businesses and other organizations who want to use them are available on the coronavirus website HERE.
 

May 21


Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
28,174 confirmed cases
1,993 probable cases  
30,167 total cases
5,295 hospitalizations
1,653 confirmed deaths
183 probable deaths
1,836 total deaths
1,397 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced initial findings from his Minority Health Strike Force. The team was formed in April in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans who make up 14 percent of Ohio's population, but represent 26 percent of positive COVID-19 cases, 31 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 17 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio. The Minority Health Strike Force's preliminary report will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. The final recommendations will be issued on June 11.
 
Examples of these recommendations include: establishing culturally appropriate and accessible COVID-19 exposure notification services for communities of color; expanding testing capacity and access for minorities and high-risk populations; using data to prioritize resources in the communities that have the highest need; developing and launching a statewide, culturally-sensitive outreach campaign that educates African Americans and communities of color on COVID-19, health disparities, and social determinants of health.

A new position will be created within the Ohio Department of Health dedicated to social determinants of health and opportunity. This person’s work will build on several existing efforts to respond to health inequity by working directly with local communities on their specific long-term health needs and Ohio's response to COVID-19.

To expand access to testing, Ohio has partnered with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers which represents Ohio’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, including 55 Community Health Centers at 378 locations.  It has multiple mobile units in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties. For testing, individuals should contact their Federally Qualified Health Center or community health center for information and direction about how to be tested.

Ohio is partnering with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and the Nationwide Foundation to distribute thousands of Community Wellness Kits that contain COVID-19 protection-related items, such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, and soap.

To support both the state and local health departments in efforts to fight COVID-19 and the disproportionate impact on people of color, Ohio will significantly increase the number of public health workers who can help notify Ohioans of possible exposure to the virus. The hiring of these public health workers is in progress at both the state and local levels with the goal of hiring individuals who represent and reflect the make-up of their own communities.

Governor DeWine's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will award $1 million in grants to provide mental health and addiction services for hard-to-reach individuals. The grants will allow faith-based and local community-based organizations to develop culturally appropriate messages that target those who may not be as easily reached by mass-media messaging efforts, such as racial and ethnic minorities, Appalachian and rural communities, older adults, and others. 

Lt. Governor Husted announced several new sector opening dates in Ohio:
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
Beginning Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.
Guidance for baseball, golf, general non-contact sports, and skills training are attached. Full guidelines to ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible are/will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

May 19 

 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
27,106 confirmed cases
1,846 probable cases  
28,952 total cases
5,117 hospitalizations
1,556 confirmed deaths
164 probable deaths
1,720 total deaths
1,357 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine released details of the new "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.  The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged. I will share a copy of the order as soon as possible.

Additionally, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are exhibiting the symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, remain prohibited from entering the state of Ohio unless they are doing so under medical orders for purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency medical services EMS, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for the purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio.

Governor DeWine also announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) will begin distributing at least 2 million non-medical-grade face coverings to Ohio employers who are covered by BWC. Public and private employers that participate in the State Insurance Fund will receive a package from BWC containing at least 50 face coverings. These packages will be shipped in batches beginning tomorrow. The masks are funded through BWC’s existing budget and will not impact any premiums.

May 14

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
24,800 confirmed cases
1,557 probable cases  
26,357 total cases
4,718 hospitalizations
1,388 confirmed deaths
146 probable deaths
1,534 total deaths
1,268 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. List of mandatory and recommended best practices. To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will seek to use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will soon be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' website. Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform child care regulations moving forward.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Note that safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
 
Beginning Friday, May 22, horse racing in Ohio will be permitted if these operations can meet required safety protocols. Spectators will not be permitted. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronaviurs.ohio.gov. Note that this does not apply to casinos and racinos. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.

Signed orders from Director Acton for reopening personal services and restaurants and bars. 

For the week ending May 9, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 51,125 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Over these last eight weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $2.4 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 587,000 claimants. Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, 90% have been processed, with only 10% pending. Pursuant to an order from the U.S.  Department of Labor, Ohio will release unemployment numbers on a weekly basis as soon as the national report is released on Thursday.

May 12

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
23,809 confirmed cases
1,441 probable cases  
25,250 total cases
4,539 hospitalizations
1,303 confirmed deaths
133 probable deaths
1,436 total deaths
1,232 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) had received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture for its Pandemic EBT plan. The approval will allow ODJFS to distribute SNAP benefits to 850,000 students across Ohio who relied on free or reduced-price meal programs when school was in session to have access to a hot, nutritious meal. Families will receive approximately $300 to purchase healthy and nutritious foods to feed their children. These benefits amount to more than $250 million that will go to our grocery stores and other eligible retailers.
Lt. Governor Husted announced today that sectors licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, including massage therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic therapy, would be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices is attached.

Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy announced the Stay Connected program, which will provide a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans ages 60 or older.  If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services.  The service can be canceled at any time. Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance. Eligible Ohioans can sign up at aging.ohio.gov or by calling 800.266.4346.

May 11

Ohio's COVID-19 case data is below:
23,400 confirmed cases
1,377 probable cases  
24,777 total cases
4,413 hospitalizations
1,236 confirmed deaths
121 probable deaths
1,357 total deaths
1,217 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Liquor Control today announced they would offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor. Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. Permit holders must register to be eligible for rebate. There are more than 13,600 eligible permits in Ohio, totaling $6.8 million in potential rebates available to bars and restaurants. To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, visit Wholesale.OHLQ.com

May 7 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
21,132 confirmed cases
999 probable cases  
21,131 total cases
4,140 hospitalizations
1,153 confirmed deaths
118 probable deaths
1,271 total deaths
1,167 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced when restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen. Outdoor dining may resume May 15, and dine-in services may continue May 21. Detailed lists of guidelines and best practices.

Governor DeWine also announced that personal services such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15. Mandatory and recommended best practices for personal services.   

For the week ending May 2, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 61,083 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last seven weeks (1,118,569) is 1,112 more than the combined total of 1,117,457 for the last three years. Over these last seven weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $1.9 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 536,000 Ohioans. Pursuant to an order from the U.S. Department of Labor order, Ohio will release unemployment numbers on a weekly basis as soon as the national report is released on Thursday.
High-Risk Populations ODH Fact Sheet.


May 6

Ohio's COVID-19 case data is below:
20,625 confirmed cases
951 probable cases  
21,576 total cases
4,052 hospitalizations
1,114 confirmed deaths
111 probable deaths
1,225 total deaths
1,151 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton did not hold a press conference today, and the Ohio House was back in session today.

The Ohio House of Representatives passed an amendment during Wednesday’s session that would limit the authority the Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has. 
During the House session, Speaker Housholder held a vote on an amendment to Senate Bill 1, which will require some agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions in administrative rules, and new rules would require the approval of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule. 
The amendment to Senate Bill 1 passed the House with a 58-37 vote.
Brief of the amendment.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statement about the legislation:
“My administration is focused on the important things we need to do to help businesses responsibly reopen while protecting Ohioans’ health and safety. This week alone, this included increasing coronavirus testing and tracing, balancing Ohio’s budget, and working on plans to move Ohio’s economy forward. Ohioans need their legislators focused on these important issues. Creating more uncertainty regarding public health and employee safety is the last thing we need as we work to restore consumer confidence in Ohio’s economy.” 

May 5

Ohio's COVID-19 case data is below:
20,072 confirmed cases
897 probable cases  
20,969 total cases
3,956 hospitalizations
1,038 confirmed deaths
97 probable deaths
1,135 total deaths
1,123 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, Governor DeWine today announced $775 million in reductions to Ohio's General Revenue Fund for the remainder of the Fiscal Year 2020, which ends on June 30. At the end of February and before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state revenues for the fiscal year were ahead of estimates by over $200 million. As of the end of April, Ohio's revenues were below the budgeted estimates by $776.9 million. 

Because Ohio is mandated to balance its budget each year, and in addition to identifying areas of savings, the following budget reductions will be made for the next two months:

  • Medicaid: $210 million
  • K12 Foundation Payment Reduction: $300 million
  • Other Education Budget Line Items: $55 million
  • Higher Education: $110 million
  • All Other Agencies: $100 million

The budget reductions are in addition to Governor DeWine's March 23 directive to freeze hiring, new contracts, pay increases, and promotions at all state agencies, boards, and commissions. The new budget reductions will not apply to critical services available to Ohioans or COVID-19 pandemic services. Money to balance the Fiscal Year 2020 budget will not be drawn from Ohio's Budget Stabilization Fund, otherwise known as the "rainy-day fund."

Projections by Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Director Kim Murnieks indicate that the state's revenues will continue to be below estimates in the coming months as Ohio moves through the COVID-19 crisis. Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Director Murnieks will continue to work with the Ohio General Assembly to identify ways to continue supporting Ohio's economy through the COVID-19 crisis.

Information for Children With Special Healthcare Needs
Guidance On Ohio Travel
Checklist For Businesses and Employers
A guide for businesses preparing to reopen

May 4

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
19,609 confirmed cases
865 probable cases  
20,474 total cases
3,809 hospitalizations
975 confirmed deaths
81 probable deaths
1,056 total deaths
1,090 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine today provided an update on Ohio's plan for increased COVID-19 testing.  A new partnership announced last week between the state of Ohio, Thermo Fisher, and ROE Dental Scientific will allow for a steady supply of testing reagent and swabs. With Ohio's new increased testing capacity, Ohio will prioritize testing in three groups.  
Lt. Governor Husted announced today that, although opening dates for individual locations have not yet been finalized, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrars around the state may begin reopening as early as later this month. Upon reopening, every deputy registrar will offer online the Ohio BMV's Get In Line, an online program that was launched by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted as a pilot project last year. In preparation for reopening, deputy registrars are also reactivating and hiring staff, making accommodations to their facilities to ensure social distancing, and ensuring that safety measures are in place, such as cough/sneeze shields, at customer-facing workstations.  

May 1

COVID-19 case data is below:
17,962 confirmed cases
781 probable cases  
18,743 total cases
3,634 hospitalizations
922 confirmed deaths
80 probable deaths
1,002 total deaths
1,056 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Today, Governor DeWine discussed the new Stay Safe Ohio Order. The order reopens businesses with exceptions, and details COVID-19 prevention requirements for operating businesses. 

Governor DeWine announced the members of two separate advisory groups for recommendations and best practices when reopening dine-in restaurants, and personal service locations (hair salons, barbershops, etc.) throughout the state.
List of individuals serving on the restaurant advisory group.
List of individuals serving on the personal services advisory group


April 30

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
17,285 confirmed cases
742 probable cases  
18,027 total cases
3,533 hospitalizations
898 confirmed deaths
77 probable deaths
975 total deaths
1,035 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio has provided more than 1.1 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Ohio's state prisons. This includes: 108,000 N95 masks, 256,000 gloves, 684,000 procedure masks, 10,000 provider gowns, and 100,000 cloth masks for inmates.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Director Annette Chambers Smith provided an overview of the steps taken within Ohio's state correction facilities to protect inmates and staff, as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities. Precautionary measures for inmates include increasing hygiene products, offering cloth face coverings, and preventing intermingling between inmate cohorts, among other efforts.

Mass testing at the Marion Correctional Institution revealed that approximately 96 percent of inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic, further demonstrating that individuals can spread the virus without knowing that they are infected. Mass testing also took place at the Pickaway Correctional Institution and the prison medical center in Columbus. ODRC plans to test inmates in all state prison facilities who are symptomatic, as well as those who are being released early or at the conclusion of their full sentences. Any inmates who have been granted early release and test positive for COVID-19 will not be released until medically cleared.

Additionally, ODRC has surged an ample amount of PPE to facility staff, and staff members at high-risk locations have also been offered the use of hotel rooms instead of going home or for showering before returning to their families.

Last month, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton signed a health order closing Ohio’s child care providers, except for those licensed to operate Temporary Pandemic Child Care. At that time, the Governor extended the program until April 30th. Today, JFS announced that the Temporary Pandemic Child Care program would continue to serve the children of essential workers. 
 

April 29 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
16,601 confirmed cases
702 probable cases  
17,303 total cases
3,421 hospitalizations
856 confirmed deaths
81 probable deaths
937 total deaths
1,014 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced today that the state of Ohio has shipped 4.1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management agencies (EMA) across Ohio. The shipment includes 500,000 N95 masks, 850,000 face shields, 750,000 surgical-type masks, and 2 million non-medical gloves.

Lt. Governor Husted today reemphasized that face coverings are required for employers and employees while on the job. Exceptions for employers and employees include when: An employee in a particular position is prohibited by law or regulation from wearing a face-covering while on the job; Wearing a face covering on the job is against documented industry best practices; Wearing a face covering is not advisable for health purposes; If wearing a face covering is a violation of a company’s safety policies; An employee is sitting alone in an enclosed workspace; There is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn by an employee. If any of the exceptions apply to a business or employee, written justification must be provided upon request.

Governor DeWine announced that nearly $16 million in grant funding is now available for local law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers, and adult, juvenile, and community corrections agencies. This funding was awarded to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, as part of the CARES Act. OCJS will accept applications on a continual basis while funding is available, and there is no cap.  For more information, please visit www.ocjs.ohio.gov. 

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health today issued suggestions for local schools and health departments. Suggestions include virtual graduation ceremonies (preferred) drive-in ceremonies, or outdoor ceremonies. Governor DeWine also stressed that graduation parties cannot exceed 10 people in one space. 

Signed Second Amended Health Director School Closure Order
Checklist for healthcare procedures and hospitals
Contact tracing information
Five responsible protocols for all businesses  

April 28

16,128 confirmed cases
641 probable cases  
16,769 total cases
3,340 hospitalizations
757 confirmed deaths
42 probable deaths
799 total deaths
1,004 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced today that the state of Ohio will not require that customers entering retail establishments wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings in public is still, however, strongly recommended. Governor DeWine also noted that individual business owners could still choose to develop a business policy requiring face coverings for customers to enter their facilities. Face coverings would still be mandated for employees unless wearing a face covering is not advisable by a healthcare professional, goes against industry best practices, or is not permitted by federal or state laws and regulations. 

Governor DeWine announced today that he will form two separate advisory groups to develop best practices for reopening dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and salons. The goal of this group is to develop recommendations for these businesses that balance the need to protect the health of employees and customers as they reopen to the public. Relevant business associations, along with Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder, Senate President Larry Obhof, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, are working to identify individuals to serve on the advisory groups. They are specifically working to identify individuals who work in these fields every day, including small business owners.

April 27

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
15,699 confirmed cases
626 probable cases  
16,325 total cases
3,232 hospitalizations
712 confirmed deaths
41 probable deaths
753 total deaths
978 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced the Responsible RestartOhio plan which aims to protect the health of employees and customers while supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, and responsibly getting back to work. A summary of the plan and reopening schedule is listed below.

May 1, 2020: Medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimizes use of personal protective equipment may move forward. This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established.

May 4, 2020: Manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. Additionally, general office environments may reopen if they can also meet mandatory safety requirements.

May 12, 2020: Consumer, retail and services, may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees.

All businesses must follow general safe business practices as they reopen. Those include requiring face coverings for all employees, and recommending them for clients and customers at all times; conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees; maintaining good hygiene and social distancing; cleaning and sanitizing workplaces; and limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. More info

Schools and daycares, dine-in restaurants, beauty businesses, older adult daycare and senior centers, adult day support or vocational rehabilitation services in group settings, entertainment, recreation, and gyms are all ordered to remain closed due to their increased risk of COVID-19 exposure. More info

Because the danger of COVID-19 still exists, Ohio's Stay at Home order will remain in effect to encourage Ohioans to continue making reasonable, rational decisions about leaving home. Large gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.
More detailed information on the Responsible RestartOhio plan can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

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April 24

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
14,581 confirmed cases
588 probable cases  
15,169 total cases
3,053 hospitalizations
649 confirmed deaths
41 probable deaths
690 total deaths
920 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced that members of the newly formed Testing Strike Team, led by former Governors Celeste and Taft, have reached an agreement with Thermo Fisher, a company that makes reagent, that will substantially expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Ohio.

As a result of collaborative efforts through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, Governor DeWine announced that ROE Dental Laboratory in Cleveland will manufacture up to 1 million testing swabs to support Ohio's testing efforts. The Manufacturing Alliance helped ROE Dental secure the specifications to manufacture swabs from Formlabs, a 3-D printing company in Toledo. This testing will dramatically increase Ohio's ability to test in our priority areas, including nursing homes, hot spots, congregate living settings, food and grocery stores, and essential manufacturing facilities.

The increased testing capacity in Ohio will also allow for enhanced contact exposure tracing throughout the state. As part of Ohio's offense strategy, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has started working with Massachusetts-based Partners in Health. Partners in Health will bring needed resources to Ohio to help increase the ability to trace contact exposure to the virus. 

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Governor DeWine announced today that the state will cover the costs to keep more than 200 youth who are aging out of foster care in the foster care system until the COVID-19 pandemic ends. This option is also available for young people enrolled in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Bridges program, Ohio's foster care to age 21 program, to help them maintain their housing, jobs, and education.

View a fact sheet overviewing Federal coordination and assistance provided to the State of Ohio and the people of Ohio to combat COVID-19.

The Ohio Arts Council has launched a new project called the Ohio Arts Beacon of Light, to give Ohio artists a place to share, connect, and cope with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available at OAC.Ohio.Gov/OhioArtsBeacon 

April 23


COVID-19 Update
Here’s the news from today:
Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
14,142 confirmed cases
552 probable cases  
14,694 total cases
2,960 hospitalizations
618 confirmed deaths
38 probable deaths
656 total deaths
900 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine invited Mark Weir, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Environmental Health at The Ohio State University, to discuss how health risks change as changes are made to the environment. He explained that minimizing the spread of the disease as Ohio begins the long process of reopening depends on personal and environmental controls. Personal precautions include interrupting the infection process by practicing good hand hygiene and wearing masks. 

April 22

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
13,609 confirmed cases
508 probable cases  
14,117 total cases
2,882 hospitalizations
584 confirmed deaths
26 probable deaths
610 total deaths
880 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Dr. Acton announced an order that directs healthcare providers in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers to reassess procedures and surgeries that were postponed by a previous Ohio Department of Health (ODH) order issued on March 17, 2020. The purpose of the original order was to preserve PPE and hospital bed capacity. The new order directs healthcare professionals to review any postponed procedures or surgeries with their patients. Doctors and patients should consider the current health situations and make a joint decision about whether or not to proceed. The order also requires that patients be informed of the risk of contracting COVID-19 and the impact during the post-operative recovery process.  

Ohio has its first positive case of COVID-19 among the juvenile corrections population. This individual started showing symptoms on Monday evening and was immediately isolated. All of the youth in this individual’s unit are being monitored for symptoms. Contact-tracing with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Cuyahoga County Health Department has already begun.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) announced a new resource for people who are struggling with stress and need emotional support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Individuals can call the COVID CareLine toll-free at 1-800-720-9616 to speak confidentially with a trained professional. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After 8:00 PM, the calls will be forwarded to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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April 21

Ohio is looking at two aspects to fighting COVID-19.
The "firefighting" side is an army of workforce doing contact tracing of outbreaks across the state. These are public health workers, and we need 10-15 people per 100,000 residents.
The other aspect is the "dimmer switch". Dr. Acton explained that the Stay-at-Home order was like "turning out the lights" and now the state will very slowly turn the lights back on, making more businesses "essential". They will open the lowest risk things first, then watch the data, and then turn the dimmer switch a little higher. She said we should anticipate staying in our small family units for at least few more months.

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
13,250 confirmed cases
475 probable cases  
13,725 total cases
2,779 hospitalizations
538 confirmed deaths
19 probable deaths
557 total deaths
838 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced the creation of a new Testing Strike Force team lead by former Governors Richard Celeste and Bob Taft that will work with leaders from business, academia, and public health to be part of the effort to help Ohio source critical testing items such a reagents. Governor DeWine also announced that the FDA has approved the use of a new reagent for testing developed by Thermo Fisher which will help with the state’s testing capabilities. 

The FDA has authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples self-collected by patients at home using LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit. Read the announcement

April 20

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
12,516 confirmed cases
403 probable cases  
12,919 total cases
2,653 hospitalizations
491 confirmed deaths
18 probable deaths
509 total deaths
798 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced that students will continue to go to school remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. At this time, no decisions have been made regarding whether or not schools will reopen in the fall.

Because COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting minority groups in Ohio and across the country, Governor DeWine announced today that he has formed a new Minority Health Strike Force. The Minority Health Strike Force is lead by Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy and Director of the Governor’s Recovery Ohio Initiative, Alisha Nelson. 

Governor DeWine announced today that he has directed the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to collect more specific information regarding cases of COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. Nursing home and assisted living data will include COVID-19 cases broken down by the number of residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at nursing homes and assisted living facilities listed by facility and county.  Data will be posted to Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov every Wednesday. Ohio will also begin reporting aggregate death data for nursing homes and assisted living facilities at the county level. Statement of support from the Ohio Health Care Association.

Governor DeWine also directed the Department of Health to modify the Ohio Disease Reporting System to accurately collect case information for direct care providers at hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19. The data, which will be available soon on Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov, will be listed by each hospital.

Governor DeWine announced today that LabCorp and Quest currently have no backlog of samples and have added more testing capacity. In response to the private laboratories' improved turnaround times, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will again allow hospitals to utilize commercial laboratories in addition to hospital laboratories performing COVID-19 testing. Director’s Order rescinding the previous ODH order for private lab testing

A checklist for essential workers who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19

Checklist for visiting parks

April 17

8,858 confirmed cases
249 probable cases  
9,107 total cases
2,424 hospitalizations
401 confirmed deaths
17 probable deaths
418 total deaths
740 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine reiterated today that Ohio's recovery phase will be not start and end overnight. As Ohio begins to reopen, Governor DeWine stressed the need to balance: compliance with public health measures; implementation of safeguards in business; and protections for the most vulnerable Ohioans. Below is a diagram that illustrates these three components.
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April 16

List of LTC Facilities impacted by COVID

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
8,239 confirmed cases
175 probable cases  
8,414 total cases
2,331 hospitalizations
373 confirmed deaths
16 probable deaths
389 total deaths
707 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Beginning May 1, 2020, the state will begin a phased-in reopening of the state economy.  The plan will be fact-driven over a long period of time to minimize the health risk to business owners, employees, and their customers. In consultation with Dr. Acton, Lt. Governor Jon Husted will lead the governor’s board of economic advisors to identify best practices, similar to the current requirements on essential business operations to ensure Ohioans health and safety as businesses begin the process of reopening. Letter of support from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
 
Governor DeWine also announced he will work closely with the Governors of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky to reopen the region’s economy in a coordinated way. The states will review four factors as they reopen their economies: the number of cases in the state and the number of hospital admissions, the amount of hospital capacity, the ability to test and trace cases of COVID-19, and best practices for social distancing in businesses.

Governor DeWine signed an order to waive the requirement for commercial vehicles to file an application for a single trip permit if they are transporting COVID-19 emergency relief supplies while traveling into or throughout Ohio. Copy of the order.

The FDA issued two new emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for serology tests to detect for the presence of coronavirus antibodies. As a reminder, Governor DeWine cautions companies in Ohio that are purchasing rapid antibody tests to ensure that they are purchasing tests that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without the FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval, there is no way to know if the tests are valid.

April 15 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
7,628 confirmed cases
163 probable cases  
7,791 total cases
2,237 hospitalizations
346 confirmed deaths
15 probable deaths
361 total deaths
677 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Battelle and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have teamed up to sanitize N-95 masks for Ohio’s first responders. Not only is this a significant opportunity to support First Responders, but the critical component to all of this is also that Battelle will be providing this service for free. The State Highway Patrol and Battle will handle the logistics of this process. 

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Dentistry, along with the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, Infectious Diseases Institute, and Institute for Materials Research, collaborated with national partners and rapidly deployed a design and testing program for 3D-printed testing swabs. The team is working with 3D Manufacturing firms and Ohio based academic institutions to produce these swabs and swab kits to expand the capacity of testing. Governor DeWine mentioned that the goal is to produce these kits in significant numbers. The first round of 3D printed swabs ordered by the state is around 15,000. The kits will be delivered to Ohio State. The broader goal is to produce 200,000 swabs and swab kits to be shared with ODH, and health systems throughout Ohio. 

Governor DeWine and Director Acton acknowledged today that  Ohio had flattened the curve. The Governor feels confident about where Ohio is at regarding the spread of COVID-19.  Governor DeWine also mentioned that he asked the Ohio Hospital Association to present a plan of action so that hospitals can get back to performing elective surgeries. The plan must acknowledge the fact that there is still a shortage of PPE.

Director Acton has not formally ordered universal mask usage. However, she mentioned that standard masks and homemade-type masks are essential and will likely be a part of our future moving forward.

April 14 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
7,153 confirmed cases
127 probable cases  
7,280 total cases
2,156 hospitalizations
309 confirmed deaths
15 probable deaths
324 total deaths
654 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

In addition to previous emergency measures taken by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) to help increase access to healthcare for millions of Ohioans, Governor DeWine announced today that his administration is submitting its first waiver application to the federal government, known as 1135 or Appendix K, to provide the needed flexibility to address this crisis. The waiver will allow Ohio to bolster telehealth and other technology to be used to do health assessments and care planning; waive signature requirements for a variety of providers to ensure safe distancing without compromising access to care; ease obstacles to access nursing home care; allow services to be provided at alternative locations; and remove staffing level requirements to give providers more flexibility. Once the federal government approves the waiver, it will be retroactively applied from March 1, 2020.

To protect our first responders and to ensure consistency across the state, Dr. Amy Acton announced that a new order has been issued that requires local health departments to provide to their jurisdictions' dispatch agency or agencies the names and addresses of COVID-19-positive individuals. Dispatch agencies are required to keep this information confidential. By knowing in advance if they will be interacting with someone who has tested positive, first responders will be better prepared when they arrive at a scene with appropriate protective gear. 

April 13

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
6,881 confirmed cases
94 probable cases  
6,975 total cases
2,033 hospitalizations
268 confirmed deaths
6 probable deaths
274 total deaths
613 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine has asked the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to issue an order that requires long-term care facilities to notify residents and families within 24 hours of a resident or staff member becoming infected. A list of long-term care facilities where an associated individual has tested positive will be posted on the Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov website as information becomes available. 

Governor DeWine announced that in-person sales of liquor in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson, and Belmont Counties will be restricted only to Ohioans after instances of persons from Pennsylvania coming into these counties for the sole purpose of purchasing liquor. From this point forward, individuals in those counties must present a valid Ohio photo ID or a valid military photo ID. Sale of liquor to a person with a valid non-Ohio photo ID may only occur with additional information showing that the person resides in Ohio, including mail with the person’s name and Ohio address on it or a letter from an employer placing the person as an essential Ohio employee.

On Friday, Governor DeWine signed an Executive Order to provide nearly $5 million in emergency funding from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant to support Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and the statewide hunger relief network. Of this funding, $1 million is earmarked for the Agricultural Clearance Program, where the Ohio Association of Food Banks will purchase Ohio-made commodities, such as milk, to distribute to foodbanks across the state. An additional $1 million has been granted to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to help homeless shelters purchase needed cleaning supplies and provide homelessness prevention and housing services. Statement from the Ohio Association Of Food Banks

The Ohio National Guard will begin providing assistance at the Pickaway Correctional Institution, as a number of medical staff are out sick due to COVID-19. The Ohio National Guard will provide triage support, take temperatures, and help with non-COVID cases. Additionally, an inmate at the Pickaway Correctional Institution has sadly passed away. That inmate had a long-term chronic illness and tested positive for COVID-19. This is this first death of a state inmate who has tested positive for the virus.

Governor DeWine cautioned companies in Ohio that are purchasing rapid antibody tests to ensure that they are purchasing tests that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without the FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval, there is no way to know if the tests are valid. To date, the FDA has granted 30 Emergency Use Authorizations of commercially available diagnostic tests, including one antibody test to be used in hospital laboratories.

April 10 

 

Ohio’s COVID-19 case data and updates below:
5,836 confirmed cases
42 probable cases (CDC expanded definition)
5,878 total cases
1,755 hospitalizations
227 confirmed deaths
4 probable deaths (CDC expanded definition)
231 total deaths
548 ICU admissions
More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

To comply with new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommended by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Dr. Acton has issued an amended Director’s Journal Entry with updated reporting requirements for COVID-19, which you will notice above. Moving forward, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has ordered that confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 based on clinical and epidemiological evidence be reported within twenty-four hours to the local health district in which the person resides (previously only COVID-19 cases confirmed with a lab test were reportable). 

Governor DeWine announced a new permit from the Ohio Department of Transportation, allowing food vendors to temporarily serve food at Ohio’s 86 rest areas. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) temporarily lifted regulations prohibiting commercial activity at rest areas, with limited exceptions. The permit is of no cost to the vendor, and can be found on ODOT’s website. Statement of support from the Ohio Truckers Association.

Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with Ohio’s Managed Care Plans announced an emergency amendment to ODM’s provider agreement. The updated agreement will impact pharmacy benefits, telehealth services and service authorization requirements. These changes are intended to remove barriers to care, and to safeguard individual health and wellbeing while reducing burdens on hospitals and providers.

Lt. Governor Husted announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted STERIS, a Mentor, Ohio-based company, a temporary Emergency Use Authorization for decontaminating compatible N95 and N95-equivalent respirators by utilizing V-PRO Sterilizers. This on-site solution allows hospitals to decontaminate up to 10 masks per cycle in 28 minutes. Steris Corporate V-PRO EUA Fact Sheet  

Many Ohio distilleries have stepped up and are now are producing large quantities of hand sanitizer. JobsOhio has purchased more than 3,100 cases (more than 1 million ounces) of distillery-made sanitizer. JobsOhio will donate the hand sanitizer to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Shipments of the hand sanitizer are arriving at distribution centers this week and will be delivered to Ohio’s 12 Food Banks next week and over the coming months as they need it.

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April 9 

In Ohio there are 5,512 confirmed cases, 497 ICU admissions, 1,612 hospitalizations, and 213 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine announced that through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, 19 manufacturers have partnered with three hospital groups to begin large scale production of face shields for Ohio. Over the next five weeks, 750,000 to 1 million face shields will be added to the Ohio Department of Health stockpile. The face shield production is part of Ohio’s unique strategy to buy PPE when it is available, make PPE when it cannot be purchased, and use technology and innovation to identify ways to make Ohio's PPE supplies last. Download additional information on this project.

Lt. Governor Husted announced that The Christ Hospital Lindner Research Center in Cincinnati has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin treating high-risk COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. This treatment protocol is the only protocol that incorporates a readily available, rapid turnaround (less than 1 hour) blood test that reflects risk of dying and can identify patients before it’s too late.

Ohioans who are finding it difficult to access reliable internet service from home can use Ohio’s public libraries. Many libraries have wi-fi available that can be accessed from the parking lot. Locate your nearest local library.

The Ohio Department of Health sat down with Anthony Armstrong, M.D., MPH, FACOG, president of the Ohio State Medical Association, to discuss COVID-19 and minority health. Dr. Armstrong has shared his expertise on this important topic. We may want to look into doing something similar with ODA.

April 8 

In Ohio there are 5,148 confirmed cases, 472 ICU admissions, 1,495 hospitalizations, and 193 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Governor DeWine announced today that a member of Ohio's state-employee family, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Officer John Dawson, died after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 30, 2020. Officer Dawson, 55, of Mansfield, had been a corrections officer at the Marion Correctional Institution since 1996. He most recently worked in the control center handing out equipment to staff. Governor DeWine and the administration offer their sincerest condolences to the Dawson family. 

Governor DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) proposed giving $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers this spring to ease the economic impact of COVID-19. If approved by the BWC’s board, $1.4 billion will go to private employers, and $200 million will be directed to local governments. The National Federation of Independent Businesses-Ohio Chapter's statement of support. List of COVID-19 Bureau Workers Compensation FAQs.

The personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage in Ohio remains severe. Governor DeWine made a plea to healthcare workers using N95 masks to send them to Battelle which can sterilize up to 160,000 masks each day, making them reusable up to 20 times. Hospitals should contact battelle.org to arrange for mask sterilization.
 
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded more than $1.3 billion to 1,387 health centers as a response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Health centers may use the awards to help communities across the country detect coronavirus; prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19; and maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address this public health emergency. Ohio received $40,732,260 to support 51 health centers. View list of award recipients.


April 7

In Ohio there are 4,782 confirmed cases, 417 ICU admissions, 1,354 hospitalizations, and 167 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity for off-premises consumption. Under the rule, patrons can purchase two unpackaged drinks per meal. All drinks must be closed and remain closed during transport as per open container law. Signed Executive Order.

Governor DeWine is asking the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) to consider early-release for approximately 141 inmates from minimal security facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Eligible inmates have a pending release date on or before July 13, 2020 and were not convicted of violent offenses. These inmates also did not have prior incarcerations in Ohio, inter-state offenses, warrants or detainers, serious prison rule violations in the last five years, nor were they denied judicial release in the past.

Governor DeWine is also asking the CIIC to consider early-release for 26 inmates who are 60 years or older and have one or more chronic health condition that makes them more vulnerable to COVID 19. Inmates were screened with the same criteria listed above. They also eliminated habitual offenders with two or more prior convictions.

April 6

In Ohio, there are 4,450 confirmed cases, 371 ICU admissions, 1,214 hospitalizations, and 142 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard
The amended Stay at Home order goes into effect tonight at midnight, including the new Dispute Resolution Commission. There are new requirements for retailers in this order, including determining a maximum number of customers allowed in the store to account for proper physical distancing. The permitted occupancy must also be posted. Read a summary document of order

The Dispute Resolution Commission will evaluate and render guidance in situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion for similar businesses on what is or is not an essential business. To submit a dispute, fill out a Dispute Resolution Form and submit it to Dispute.Resolution@odh.ohio.gov. 

Under the Stay at Home order, all travelers arriving to Ohio are instructed to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. This does not apply to persons who, as part of their normal life, live in one state, and work or gain essential services in another state. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms.

Seven inmates at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County have tested positive for COVID-19, and dozens more have shown symptoms. There have been three deaths. This is not a state facility, but Governor DeWine has authorized the Ohio National Guard to assist until more federal support arrives.

Additionally, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio might release some of the state’s inmates after five prisoners at the Marion Correctional Institution and other state correctional institutions have tested positive for COVID-19. Prisoners under consideration for early release include those who are serving time for a nonviolent offense and those who might be getting close to a release date. 

April 4 

In Ohio, there are 3,739 confirmed cases, 326 ICU admissions, 1,006 hospitalizations, and 102 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor DeWine signed an Telehealth Executive Order that effectively allows Ohioans to more easily access telehealth services from individual counselors, social workers, marriage, and family counselors without the requirement to have an initial in-person appointment first. 

Governor DeWine encouraged Ohioans to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers are encouraged to allow their employees to wear masks as well. COVID-19 Checklist Face Coverings

Lt. Governor Husted announced that the State of Ohio has been working with providers to find public hotspot locations that Ohioans can use in areas where they may not otherwise have access to the internet from home. A list of hotspot finders and locations by provider is available at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp under the “Individuals and Families” tab. 

The Director of the Ohio Department of Aging Urcel McElroy joined the governor and Dr. Acton. She gave an update and gave a special shout-out to the Alzheimer's Association in Ohio and the work we are doing.

April 3 

In Ohio, there are 3,312 confirmed cases, 288 ICU admissions, 895 hospitalizations, and 91 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Governor DeWine announced that The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is now partnering with the Ohio Department of Health to help increase the availability of testing supplies needed for testing citizens for COVID-19.

Lt. Governor Husted announced that Battelle and JobsOhio have partnered to provide free N95 mask sanitizing for hospitals for the next two weeks. Ohio still faces a critical shortage of PPE. Anyone with items to donate should email together@governor.ohio.gov. Manufacturers that may be able to temporarily repurpose to create PPE are asked to visit repurposingproject.com.

Governor DeWine announced today that he will recommend the early release of 38 prison inmates. Inmates eligible for early release are either pregnant or recently postpartum or inmates who are vulnerable COVID-19 at 60 years old or older and have 120 days or less remaining on their sentence. Judges who presided over these cases and will be encouraged to grant early releases. These cases do not involve any individuals convicted of serious violent crimes such as, but not limited to, murder, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

April 2

In Ohio, there are 2,902 confirmed cases, 260 ICU admissions, 802 hospitalizations, and 81 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.
 
Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 PM on May 1, 2020. Updates to the new order include:

  • the creation of a dispute resolution process (no appeal process)
  • a requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at once (TBD by the store)
  • a mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people, among other changes. 


Signed Amended Director's Stay At Home Order; COVID 19 Checklist Stay At Home Order Extension

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted recognize that extending this order will significantly impact all Ohioans. We would like to thank the Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Businesses- Ohio Chapter, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ohio Municipal League, Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and our other partners for their support and continued efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Here are association statements:

Ohio Municipal League Statement
Ohio Manufacturing Association Statement
Ohio Chamber of Commerce Statement
Ohio Hospital Association Statement
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Statement
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Statement
Ohio Business Roundtable Statement
National Federation of Independent Businesses Statement
County Commissioners Association of Ohio Statement
Buckeye State Sheriffs Association Statement
Ohio State Bar Association Statement

Governor DeWine announced the creation of his Economic Advisory Board that will help the administration work through economic issues facing Ohio as the state looks toward the future. Advisory board members. 

April 1


In Ohio, there are 2,547 confirmed cases, 222 ICU admissions, 679 hospitalizations, and 65 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard 

Governor DeWine announced the establishment of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to fight COVID-19. This is a collaborative public-private partnership tasked with coordinating efforts to provide health care workers and first responders the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to safely care for patients. If manufacturers have the capability to produce any of the in-demand PPE supplies, we encourage them to visit RepurposingProject.com
Additional information: Manufacturing Alliance

Governor DeWine signed an executive order to provide small businesses relief from commercial evictions and foreclosures. The order requests that landlords suspend rent payments for small businesses and also implement a moratorium of evictions for no less than 90 days. Lenders to commercial real estate borrowers with a commercial mortgage loan are asked to provide an opportunity for forbearance for at least 90 days. We would like to thank the Ohio Business Roundtable, Ohio Bankers League, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Community Bankers Association of Ohio, Ohio Restaurant Association, Ohio Realtors, and our other partners for their support. 
Here is a copy of the order and association statements are below:

Community Bankers Association of Ohio Statement
Ohio Bankers League Statement
Ohio Business Roundtable Statement
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Statement
Ohio Restaurant Association Statement
Ohio REALTORS Statement

Director Acton signed an order requiring hospitals to send test kits to the Ohio Department of Health or hospitals with in-house testing capabilities to shorten the turnaround time. Signed Director's Order For Performing Covid 19 Testing.

Yesterday, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Ohio and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Ohio impacted by COVID-19.

Governor DeWine has called upon the Ohio National Guard to assist in the state’s response to COVID-19. Members of the Guard are helping foodbanks distribute food and supplies and helping to organize an assessment of healthcare resources across the state to determine what additional personnel, supplies, and facilities might be needed. 

March 31

In Ohio, there are 2,199 confirmed cases, 198 ICU admissions, 585 hospitalizations, and 55 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) signed an order to help track where ventilators are and how many we have in Ohio.Inventory is to be reported online at Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/VentInventory each Wednesday with the first report due April 1.

Separately, they are also working to secure more ventilators—Director's Order Requiring Inventory Of All Ventilators In Ohio.   
Governor DeWine also announced the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an order to maintain public water service during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Read the EPA Order and here is a Checklist for Water Service

Lt. Governor Husted reinforced relief efforts through the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI), including a grace period that was enacted on March 20, 2020 for employers that can not pay their premiums. More information is available on Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp.
JobsOhio announced it has provided a $2 million growth fund loan to Appalachian Growth Capital (AGC), which offers small business financing in the 32-Appalachian Counties of eastern and southern Ohio. The lending support is intended to sustain small Southeast Ohio businesses during this COVID-19 outbreak and create sustainable growth for the Region beyond the crisis. 

Amended K-12 school closure order effective through May 1, 2020.

Battelle and Ohio State University have developed a rapid COVID-19 test that allows for results within 5 hours. Also, the first 3500 masks were sterilized yesterday, and Battelle is ramping up the number of sterilized masks each day.

Dr. Acton mentioned a study by the Harvard Business Review and its impact on two different locations in Italy. It can beread here.

March 30 

In Ohio there are 1,933 confirmed cases, 163 ICU admissions, 475 hospitalizations, and 39 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard

Last night the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Columbus-based Battelle to sterilize surgical masks in Ohio without a daily limit. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted thank the FDA for their quick reconsideration of this issue. 

There will be an extension of the K-12 order closing school buildings through Friday, May 1, 2020. The original order was only in effect for 3 weeks. The administration will again reevaluate the order once we get closer to May 1, 2020. 

Governor DeWine is asking all local communities to include homeless shelters in their planning so that we can help support these Ohioans to meet social distancing guidelines. Additionally, Governor DeWine has created a Homelessness Team dedicated to this specific issue.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number. Please note the Ohio EMA will NOT call you asking for personal information. More information is available

March 29 

The Governor held a press conference today to address the recent FDA decision on Battelle. As you can see the number of confirmed cases is steadily starting to increase, and according to Doctor Acton, we can anticipate a surge in the coming weeks.
In Ohio, there are 1,653 confirmed cases, 139 ICU admissions, 403 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the correct and most current numbers. Data is available on Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Columbus-based Battelle to sterilize only 10,000 surgical masks in Ohio each day, despite their ability to sterilize up to 160,000 masks per day in Ohio alone. In addition to speaking with President Trump, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted are having ongoing conversations with the FDA and expect this issue to be resolved today.  FDA’s initial response to Battelle.

Following the FDA’s decision, Governor DeWine issued this statement: "The FDA's decision to severely limit the use of this life-saving technology is nothing short of reckless. Battelle's innovative technology has the capability to protect healthcare professionals and first responders in Ohio and across the country, but in this time of crisis, the FDA has decided not to support those who are risking their lives to save others. This is a matter of life and death. I am not only disappointed by this development, but I'm also stunned that the FDA would decline to do all it can to protect this country's frontline workers in this serious time of need."

March 28

In Ohio there are 1,406 confirmed cases, 123 ICU admissions, and 25 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are confirmed cases in 66 counties across the state.

Hospitals from eight regions submitted their draft action plans for their capacity increase. The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio National Guard are currently reviewing these and will get back with the hospitals soon.
The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to please email Together@Governor.Ohio.Gov. See the graphic below for the top 10 essential needs.
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March 27

In Ohio there are 1,137 confirmed cases, 107 ICU admissions, 276 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are confirmed cases in 61 counties across the state.

Governor DeWine signed HB 197 which provides emergency relief to Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act today. This stimulus package provides $1,200 to most Americans along with funds for unemployment insurance and small businesses. Coronavirus Aid Relief And Economic Security Act Or CARES Act 

Governor DeWine, President Obhof, and Speaker Householder announced the State of the State Address would be postponed until a later date, after the State of Emergency has concluded. The State of the State was originally scheduled for next Tuesday.

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted have launched a new “Ohio. Find It Here.” Campaign to help residents support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.Please visit Ohio.Org/SupportLocal and this Checklist to Support Local 

Checklist for EMS providing guidance for individuals should they need to use EMS services. 

The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to please email Together@Governor.Ohio.Gov. 

March 26 

In Ohio, there are 867 confirmed cases, 91 ICU admissions, 223 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are confirmed cases in 60 counties across the state.

The Ohio General Assembly has determined that Ohio will complete the 2020 primary election on April 28, 2020. The election will be largely completed by mail, with limited in-person voting on April 28th for the disabled and those without a home mailing address. Individuals can visit VoteOhio.gov to request their absentee ballot.

The state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email Together@Governor.Ohio.Gov.  Additional information on ways that Ohioans can help: Together Ohio Resources

Find the current version of HB 197 and the Senate Amendment to HB 197

March 25, 2020

  • Governor DeWine and his team think we will likely hit a peek of Covid 19 cases by May. This information is based on factors in other states, and around the globe.
  • Our population still makes up 70% of confirmed cases in Ohio. However, middle-age (40-55) cases are starting to increase. 
  • Ohio is still not prepared for what is to come, however, the first wave of federal support has been delivered, with additional resources to come.

In Ohio, there are 704 confirmed cases, 75 ICU admissions, 182 hospitalizations, and 10 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are confirmed cases in 55 counties across the state.

Dr. Acton said there have been 14,764 individuals tested. More than 70% of cases are over the age of 40, but ages of those confirmed cases ranges from under 1 year to 94, with median age of 51.

Governor DeWine thanks the General Assembly for the unanimous bi-partisan support of HB 197, which passed earlier today.
This bill will ensure continuity of government, extended mail-in voting for our primary, clarity for schools and students, relief to workers, and measures to make sure we are prepared to help Ohioans get back to work when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Here is the Amended Bill and the Senate Gop Synopsis.

The Development Services Agency (DSA) has secured approval from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) to extend the Winter Crisis Program from March 31 to May 1, and to extend the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) from March 31 to June 1. For more information on these utility assistance programs, please visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

March 24, 2020

In Ohio there are 564 confirmed cases, 145 individuals being hospitalized, and 8 deaths due to COVID-19. There are confirmed cases in 49 counties across the state.

Dr. Action noted:

  • 91 cases are healthcare workers
  • Of the 145 hospitalizations, 62 (11%) are ICU cases.
  • There are 3600 ICU beds available in Ohio and they are working to increase that capacity by 50%.
  • They are working to make hospitals ICUs-type settings and create other hospital-like environments in hotels and dorms.


Dr. Acton noted there would be 6,000 new cases a day if we aren't doing what we are doing to flatten the curve. 

The entire shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE*) that we’ve received from the Strategic National Stockpile has been distributed to counties based on the prioritization of need.

*PPE includes gloves, masks, etc. Approximately 36 pairs of gloves are needed per day for each patient being treated for coronavirus. There are experts working to develop technology to reuse PPEs with UV light.


Banks and credit unions across the state are taking steps to offer loan payment deferrals, fee waivers or refunds and extend credit lines to both businesses and individuals. Many financial institutions are also suspending foreclosures where possible. If individuals need help, they should reach out to their local banker for assistance. Joint Statement from Ohio Credit Union League and the Ohio Bankers League.

Below are several documents with guidance for businesses under Ohio’s “Directors Order Stay At Home” order. If businesses still have questions after reading the order and supplemental materials, they should seek independent legal council instead of contacting law enforcement or local health departments.
Charitable And Social Services
Critical Trades
Educational Institutions
Food And Beverage
Gas Stations And Transportation
Hardware And Supplies
Mail Post Logisitcs
Religious Organizations
Restaurants
Stores That Sell Groceries And Medicine

Lt. Governor Husted shared a website for any business that is struggling to seek help: coronavirus.ohio.gov/businesshelp

The executive orders adopting emergency rules related to temporary pandemic child care licenses and closing child care centers: Signed EO Adopting Emergency Rules ODJFS Temp Pandemic Child Care License

Governor DeWine is grateful to our community leaders and all Ohioans who are working to #StopTheSpread. Please help share this encouraging message with your networks using #InThisTogetherOhio. 

Watch a special video message on how we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

March 23, 2020

  • In Ohio there are 442 confirmed cases, 104 individuals were hospitalized, and 6 deaths due to COVID-19. There are confirmed cases in 46 counties across the state
  • Today, Governor DeWine announced a temporary hiring freeze in state government. The only exceptions are for positions that provide a direct response to COVID-19, safety and security, and/or direct care or institutional services. The Governor’s cabinet has been instructed to look for unnecessary spending cuts by 20%. There will also be a freeze on all new contract services.
  • Governor DeWine announced an order on 3/23/2020 requiring all persons to stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. This order will go into effect Monday night at 11:59 PM until April 6, 2020. At that time, the order will be re-evaluated.  The following documents are related to the order:

Director's Order: Stay At Home
Stay At Home Faq 03.22.20
Information On Stay Home Order 03.22.20  

  • The Ohio Board of Pharmacy passed a rule related to prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (used to treat malaria) for purposes of COVID-19. The Governor’s Executive Order: Signed EO  - Pharmacy Board Emergency Rule